Public Health Information Specific to Businesses
Below are a list of tabs that provide information and public health requirements specific to businesses.
Apply for an alfresco dining permit and realise what outdoor dining could do for your business. Reap the profits from alfresco dining areas, with significantly reduced charges, a simplified application process and faster approval times and increase your seating capacity without increasing your overheads. Give your customers the opportunity to dine outside, enjoy the beautiful Perth weather or feast under the stars.
Alfresco dining fees have been significantly reduced to a low fixed annual fee of $240 per annum (regardless of the area size) and an application fee of $110, rewenals are $55 per annum.
Businesses On Private Property
You don't need to apply for an Alfresco Dining Permit if the proposed area is located on private property.
If you are unsure visit the City's online maps and search your business address, if the proposed area is within the red boundary this is within the private property and no Alfresco Permit is required.
Always speak to your landlord or centre management to determine if an alfresco area is permitted. View our Alfresco Dining Conditions information sheet for further information.
How to Apply
You can apply either online or in person.
For more information contact the Environmental Health Team.
- Apply online - Online applications will be processed quicker than hardcopy applications with expected turnaround times between five to ten business days
- Apply in person - Download the application form, complete and print, and visit the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon to lodge and pay in person at the Customer Service Counter
The City of Melville's environmental health officers regularly visit hairdressing and skin penetration businesses to ensure they are clean, well maintained and comply with the Hairdressing Establishments Regulations 1972 and the Health (Skin Penetration Procedure) Regulations 1998.
Hairdressing businesses must notify the City that they are trading. To notify the City fill out the Application for Hairdressing Premises.
Beauty Treatment Premises
If your business is involved any of the following treatments you must register your business with us;
Beauty Treatment businesses must notify the City that they are trading. To notify the City fill out the Application for Skin Penetration and Beauty Therapy Premises.
For more information on Skin Penetration Processes download the General Requirements for Operating a Skin Penetration Establishment Info Sheet or the Skin Pentetration Code of Practice.
- Body or Ear piercing
- Wax treatments.
Starting and Maintaining Your Food Business
When building a new food premise or making structural alterations to an existing food business you need to apply for approval from the Environmental Health by filling out the Approval to Construct or Alter a Food Business Application.
Prior to opening your business you will need to arrange for an inspection of the premises by an Environmental Health Officer to ensure all food is being stored, handled, cooked and served safely. If they are satisfied that the premise complies with the Food Act and the Food Safety Standards Code a certificate of registration will be issued to you allowing you to trade. How frequently officers visit will depend on the type of food you are serving, who your customers are and how high your food hygiene practises and records are.
For more information on opening a food business download the Guide to the Design, Construction and Fit Out of A Food Business info sheet or contact the Environmental Health Team to discuss your plans.
Operating a Food Business From Home
If you would like to open a food business you will need to complete a Notification/Registration of a Residental Food Business Application.
The Department of Health advises that only low risk food activities can be carried out from domestic premises.
Low risk food activities – includes the production of:
For more information on operating a food business at home read the Food Act 2008 Fact Sheet.
Food Trucks, Mobile Food Businesses and Food Stalls
If your business is based outside of the City of Melville but you are intending to operate a mobile food business within the City, you will need to fill out a Notification/Registration of Temporary Food Business form. If you are thinking of starting up a new business as a mobile trader within Melville you will need to register with us as a Mobile or Temporary Food Business.
In addition you will need to submit a Permit Application under our local laws for either a Stall Holders Permit, if you will be attending organised events or a Traders Permit, if trading as a mobile vehicle or from a specific location within the City.
Scores on the Doors
The City operates a hygiene recognition scheme and awards businesses that meet and exceed food safety requirements with a star rating system out of five. Score on the Doors is free and those who agree to participate receive a certificate they can display informing customers how high their food hygiene is.
Businesses who meet the requirements of food safety legislation will receive a certificate with three stars and are categorised as good.
Businesses who exceed legal requirements will be awarded four or five star certificates and are categorised as very good or excellent.
See which of your local businesses have already joined the scheme.
Food and Chemical Food Sampling
Environmental Health Officers regularly take samples from food outlets within the City of Melville to observe hygiene, cleanliness and procedure and ensure food safety standards are being maintained.
The City also actively takes part in coordinated sampling programs which are run by a number of different agencies for the Department of Health and the Department of Fisheries and Forestry. These surveys are WA wide and cover a broad range of products. These surveys have included sampling for Trans fatty acids (breads and cakes), chemical residues (fruit and vegetable), fat content in pizzas, fluoride content (infant milk and WA Water) and compliance of locally produced goods.
Ready to Eat Microbiological Sampling Program
As well as carrying out food safety assessments our officers also conduct food sampling to monitor microbiological and chemical standards. Officers may take swabs from surfaces in food premises to monitor the effectiveness of cleaning practices and identify issues with food safety and hygiene. Microbiological sampling is conducted to test primarily for pathogens in food which may cause ill health effect for consumers. Detection of pathogens will result in swift action to prevent the spread of pathogenic illness.
Tests are also completed to identify the standard plate count level (all of the microorganisms on the surface of the food product). These microorganisms are not pathogenic but their presence in high numbers can suggest issues such as inadequate temperature control or insufficient hand washing. When results are returned with high numbers an officer will provide education and identify procedures that can be improved.
Environmental Health Officers may also take swab samples during routine hygiene assessments. Although there are currently no legal total plate count limits for swabbing sampling, the results along with other sampling and inspection observations within a food premise will give a good indication of food safety standards.
Public Health Training Programs
I'M ALERT is an interactive, online training programme that provides crucial skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers. This free online training resource helps businesses ensure their staff have the necessary knowledge. This resource developed by qualified and experienced Environmental Health professionals is equivalent in scope to a two-day consultant-delivered course and complies with obligations set out under the Food Safety Standards for Australia and New Zealand. Complete the training programme.
- Jams and marmalades
- Nougats, fudges, meringues and Turkish delights
- Cake decorating and repacking of bulk packaged low risk confectionery products
- Pickled onions
- Herb vinegars with a pH of less than 4.5
- Chutneys, relishes and sauces that are heat treated by boiling or cooking
- Spices and spice mixers such as Dry Curry Powder with ingredients being purchased from an approved food business